In a previous blog post, I wrote about one of the potential dangers of social networking—Internet predators. This popular topic comes with its share of myths, but when we strip away the misconceptions, parents and educators can better equip their teens to navigate the potential pitfalls of online interaction. Social networking brings with it a need for new rules of engagement. Online socializing is like other forms of socializing: it is helpful to know the ins and outs, the danger zones, and the potential problems. . . . . Cyberbullying Since the sad story of Megan Meier’s suicide, the threat … Continue reading →
Meet Tal Prince—recovering porn/sex addict and founder of Tapestry of Hope , a church in Birmingham, Alabama. Deep Into Jesus Tal says, “I’ve been in church since I was a fetus.” Tal is the step-son of Cliff Barrows, Program Director for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He was mentored by Cliff and assisted him during the last years of Billy’s crusade ministry. Tal had a successful career in international business before going into vocational ministry. Today he is the founder and pastor of the church, Tapestry of Hope, and keeps a lively updated blog called Threads in the Tapestry. He … Continue reading →
In a previous blog post, I wrote about the benefits of social networking. Often the pre- and post-Internet generation divide creates a barrier of understanding. Why is social networking so popular? What is the appeal? Why does my teen want to do this MySpace thing? Sometimes parents who are looking to protect their children from online dangers need to first identify with the positive factors that compel young people into social networking. This will provide a common ground of conversation with teens. Social networking brings with it a need for new rules of engagement. Online socializing is like other forms … Continue reading →
The online world of social networking has encountered explosive growth. Take a site like MySpace for instance. Almost 4 years ago, MySpace had 2 million users. Nearly a year later they had 12 million. A year later it was at 72 million. Today, it is estimated that more than 110 million people are members of MySpace. Yes, these numbers reflect “membership” on MySpace and not necessarily active users, but that being said, the social networking phenomenon is a force to be reckoned with. Online communities popular in the U.S. include MySpace, Facebook, Xanga, LiveJournal, BlackPlanet, MiGente, AsianAvenue, Hi5, Friendster, Orkut, Webkinz, Yahoo! … Continue reading →
Many thanks to the hosts of WELSTech, Martin Sprigs and Sallie Draper, for their insightful interview with Christian counselor Paul Mavrogeorge. Paul offers some practical tips for recognizing and fighting the temptation of Internet pornography. Listen to the excerpt from Paul’s interview. He talks about pornography effects on marriage and families, and talks about how fathers and sons can also have effective accountability about pornography.